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Samoilove Yrii

Born in 1987.

Yrii is a graphic artist and painter with an extraordinary background. His first encounter with art happened at the age of 20, when, after graduating from Moscow Film School as a screenwriter and a director, he returned to painting and drawing.

Yrii's artworks is a methodological examination of the nature of painting.  He continues the line of abstract artists of America and German neo-expressionists of 1960-70 (especially De Kooning, Baselitz and Kiefer). Through them, Samoilov looks into the question of the method, which for him is the problem of the relationship between the figurative and abstraction. The artist approaches this border with automatic writing and palimpsest of textures.

At the creation of abstraction, there is a very big risk of going into the visual precisely by accident, unintentionally. Automatic writing removes the problem by making the image identical in meaning and importance of abstraction. The line is erased, and the uniquely figurative can use the plastic language in which it is not recognized immediately.

The same with the palimpsest: Yrii applies and erases the layers of paint, covers one another, scrapes the drawing with a sharp turn of the brush and uses a spray bottle along with acrylic and pastel from the tube and pastel. The texture of these works gravitates to sculptural plastic, and therefore to the pathos of the material. The material and its modeling becomes no less interesting and important than the image itself.

Due to all the above, artworks are created, where a viewer can find a collision of different visual problems, each is attractive in its own way: from the boundaries of figurative painting, automatic and thoughtful, to pumping up the texture, as a way to overcome the painting itself.

 

SELECTED EXIBITIONS

  • 2020 — Participation in the International project of contemporary art THE WALL. Kamensk-Uralsky Art Museum, Kamensk-Uralsky
  • 2020 — Participation in the group exhibition "I have lost track of the world". Curated by Irina Shulzhenko. Space "Richter", Moscow
  • 2019 — Participation in the group exhibition "One, Two, Three" curated by a-s-t-r-a gallery. CUBE MOSCOW, Moscow
  • 2019 — Participation in the international project "Out of the Black Square". Trekhgornaya Manufactory, Moscow
  • 2019 — Personal exhibition "Dead bodybuilder". Space "Richter", Moscow
  • 2018 — Two guys / One Exhibition (with American photographer John Hunter Tenney, Free Workshop)
  • 2018 — Performance "Seven Gentlemen in Moscow". Gallery "Osnova", Moscow
  • 2018 — Performance "Round 9". "October", Moscow
  • 2017 — Performance "Sixth Symphony". Pluto, Moscow
  • 2017 — "Garden" (Experimental Art Studio Meditating Dog)

 





    Works

    Untitled
    Samoilove Yrii

    Untitled, 2017

    Paper, oil, acrylic
    84 x 120 cm
    100 000 ₽
    Untitled
    Samoilove Yrii

    Untitled, 2018

    Canvas, acrylic
    50 x 70 cm
    Untitled
    Samoilove Yrii

    Untitled, 2017

    Paper, oil, acrylic
    84 x 120 cm
    100 000 ₽
    Cat Eye Syndrome
    Samoilove Yrii

    Cat Eye Syndrome, 2017

    Acrylic, oil on canvas
    60 x 80 cm
    Untitled
    Samoilove Yrii

    Untitled, 2019

    Acrylic on paper
    84 x 120 cm
    100 000 ₽
    After the Shipwreck
    Samoilove Yrii

    After the Shipwreck, 2019

    Mixed media on canvas
    100 x 100 cm
    KS
    Samoilove Yrii

    KS, 2018

    Canvas, oil
    60 x 80 cm
    Walkabout
    Samoilove Yrii

    Walkabout, 2017

    Acrylic on paper
    84 x 120 cm
    150 000 ₽
    Hunters I
    Samoilove Yrii

    Hunters I, 2018

    Acrylic on paper
    84 x 120 cm
    150 000 ₽
    Brèves Rencontres
    Samoilove Yrii

    Brèves Rencontres, 2017

    Acrylic, oil on canvas
    70 x 60 cm
    Uchain
    Samoilove Yrii

    Uchain, 2018

    Acrylic on paper
    42 x 60 cm
    80 000 ₽
    Drive-in
    Samoilove Yrii

    Drive-in, 2017

    Acrylic, oil, and gouache on paper
    120 x 84 cm
    100 000 ₽
    Wings
    Samoilove Yrii

    Wings, 2019

    Acrylic, oil, and gouache on paper
    120 x 84 cm
    100 000 ₽
    Self-Portrait
    Samoilove Yrii

    Self-Portrait, 2018

    Paper, mixed media
    42 x 60 cm
    70 000 ₽
    Untitled
    Samoilove Yrii

    Untitled, 2018

    Paper, mixed media
    42 x 60 cm
    70 000 ₽
    Untitled
    Samoilove Yrii

    Untitled, 2018

    Paper, mixed media
    84 x 120 cm
    100 000 ₽
    Diptych: Adam & Eve
    Samoilove Yrii

    Diptych: Adam & Eve, 2019

    Paper, mixed media
    84 x 120 cm
    100 000 ₽
    Diptych: Adam & Eve
    Samoilove Yrii

    Diptych: Adam & Eve, 2019

    Paper, mixed media
    84 x 120 cm
    100 000 ₽
    Triptych: Blowjob
    Samoilove Yrii

    Triptych: Blowjob, 2019

    Paper, mixed media
    84 x 120 cm
    100 000 ₽
    Triptych: Thin Ice
    Samoilove Yrii

    Triptych: Thin Ice, 2019

    Paper, mixed media
    84 x 120 cm
    100 000 ₽
    Conversation with Bird
    Samoilove Yrii

    Conversation with Bird, 2018

    Mixed media on canvas
    50 x 60 cm
    Dead Bodybuilder
    Samoilove Yrii

    Dead Bodybuilder, 2018

    Paper, mixed media
    120 x 84 cm
    Holy Shit
    Samoilove Yrii

    Holy Shit, 2018

    Canvas, acrylic
    40 x 50 cm
    Kiss
    Samoilove Yrii

    Kiss, 2018

    Paper, acrylic, gouache
    84 x 120 cm
    Laika
    Samoilove Yrii

    Laika, 2018

    Mixed media on canvas
    40 x 60 cm
    Love...while I look at the pink monkey
    On the beach
    Samoilove Yrii

    On the beach, 2016

    Paper, acrylic
    40 x 60 cm
    Ophelia
    Samoilove Yrii

    Ophelia, 2017

    Cardboard, acrylic
    300 x 150 cm
    Pepperoni
    Samoilove Yrii

    Pepperoni, 2018

    Canvas, acrylic
    70 x 60 cm
    The Falling
    Samoilove Yrii

    The Falling, 2017

    Canvas, acrylic, watercolor, aerosol spray cans
    30 x 30 cm
    The Raven
    Samoilove Yrii

    The Raven, 2016

    Peper, gouache
    50 x 70 cm
    Untitled
    Samoilove Yrii

    Untitled, 2019

    Canvas, acrylic
    40 x 50 cm
    Untitled
    Samoilove Yrii

    Untitled, 2019

    Canvas, acrylic
    20 x 20 cm
    Untitled
    Samoilove Yrii

    Untitled, 2019

    Canvas, acrylic
    20 x 20 cm
    Untitled
    Samoilove Yrii

    Untitled, 2018

    Canvas, acrylic
    50 x 40 cm

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